Davide Ballardini's Grifone should be confident of taking maximum points in Lecce against the relegation battlers...
Like the other two newly promoted Serie A side, Lecce are struggling against the drop to the Italian second division. With just 12 points from 14 matches, the Lupi are second from bottom and are in real danger of going down.
Lecce have lost their last four competitive fixtures and are winless in their last six league matches. Moreover, Luigi De Canio's side have the worst defensive record in the championship as they have conceded a whooping 28 goals.
However, playing at home against Genoa will allow Lecce some assurance of picking up at least a point. All of the Giallorossi's three wins in the league have come at the Stadio Via del Mare and this will be of some encouragement to them.
Genoa's improvement under Davide Ballardini continues as the Grifone maintain their chances of garnering a place in Europe next season. With 18 points from 14 matches, the Rossoblu are five points off a Europa League place and are building up momentum.
Genoa were held to a rather disappointing 0-0 draw with Brescia in Serie A last weekend and that followed a 3-1 victory over Vicenza in the Coppa Italia. The draw also saw Genoa pick up seven points in four matches under Ballardini, an encouraging sign for a hugely ambitious club.
Genoa have a decent away form too as they have won two and drawn two of their seven league encounters on the road but have scored just four times.
Reginiussen, Giuliatto and Sini are out injured for the hosts. Chevanton is suspended.
Chico, Sculli, Milanetto and Kaladze are injured and will miss the trip to Lecce.